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Profile of registrant

Front Line Defenders - The International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders

Identification number in the register: 0401897779-87
Registration date: 12/12/08 17:18:39

The information on this organisation was last modified on 04/09/14 13:53:56
The date of the last annual update was 21/11/13 16:26:25

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Front Line Defenders - The International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders
Legal status: Registered Irish Charity
Website address:


Section: III - Non-governmental organisations
and more precisely: Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mrs  Mary Lawlor
Position: Director

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Ms  Emma Achilli
Position: Head of EU Office

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: - Second Floor, Grattan House Temple Road
Blackrock, Co. Dublin -
Telephone number: (+351) 1 212 3750
Fax number: (+351) 1 212 1001
Other contact information: Front Line EU office
Square Marie-Louise 72
B-1000 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 230 93 83
Fax: +32 2 230 00 28

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: Front Line Defenders is the International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders.

Front Line Defenders was founded in Dublin in 2001 with the specific aim of protecting human rights defenders at risk, people who work, non-violently, for any or all of the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Front Line Defenders aims to address some of the needs identified by defenders themselves, including protection, networking, training and access to international bodies that can take action on their behalf.

Front Line Defenders seeks to provide rapid and practical support to at-risk human rights defenders, including through a 24 hour emergency response phone line, and to promote the visibility and recognition of human rights defenders as a vulnerable group.

Front Line Defenders runs a small grants program to provide for the security needs of defenders. Front Line mobilizes campaigning and lobbying on behalf of defenders at immediate risk. In emergency situations Front Line can facilitate temporary relocation.

Front Line Defenders conducts research and publishes reports on the situation of human rights defenders in specific countries. The organization also develops resource materials and training packages on behalf of human rights defenders as well as facilitating networking and exchange between defenders in different parts of the world. Front Line promotes strengthened international and regional measures to protect human rights defenders including through support for the work of the UN Special Representative on Human Rights Defenders. Front Line Defenders seeks to promote respect for the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.

Front Line Defenders' EU office coordinates the organisation's advocacy activities with EU institutions and individual EU governments.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • sub-national
  • national
  • European
  • global

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 2
Complementary information: On behalf of Front Line Defenders, the persons listed below have had, during the reporting period, four or more contacts with members or officials of the EU institutions with the objective of influencing the policy formulation and decision-making processes of the European institutions; or they have spent 20 percent or more of their working time on behalf of Front Line Defenders carrying out such activities:

Vincent Forest, Head of EU Office

Philipp Woschitz, Advocacy Officer

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

First name Surname Start Date End Date
Philipp Woschitz 22/01/14 20/01/15


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

- Implementation of the EU Guidelines on the protection of human rights defenders (on cases, appointment of EU liaison officer for human rights defenders; local strategies to implement the EU Guidelines);
- Review of human rights policy at central and field levels;
- Other EU policies in favour of human rights defenders at rish (visa issue, shelters in Europe).

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Development
  • External Relations
  • Foreign and Security Policy and Defence


Total number of members that are natural persons: 0
Number of member organisations: 0
Member organisations (Number of members) :
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):

Complementary information:


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN)

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2013 - 11/2013
Total budget: 3,960,783
of which public financing: 2,393,241
- from European sources:
- Procurement:
- Grants: 610,000
- from national sources: 1,783,241
- from local/regional sources:
from other sources: 1,567,542
- donations: 77,000
- contributions from members:
Foundations : 1,449,007
Corporate Sponsorship & Registration Fees : 29,535
Interest income : 12,000
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: 150000  € - 200000  €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

In 2013, Front Line Defenders received financial support from the following contributors:

Irish Aid
European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights
Iris O’Brien Foundation
Adessium Foundation
American Jewish World Service
Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Economist Group Charitable Trust
Fairwind Foundation
Foundation for a Just Society
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Dublin
The Ireland Funds
Lifeline: Embattled NGO Assistance Fund
Oak Foundation
Open Society Foundations
Overbrook Foundation
The Roddick Foundation
Rothco Advertising Integration
Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Sigrid Rausing Trust
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Taiwan Foundation for Democracy
Tides Foundation
The Tikva Grassroots Empowerment Fund
The Violet Jabara Charitable Trust

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.